The recent ban of plastic bags, and raise of gas price today are, I think, both good for the environment.
My Recent Shopping Experience
Wendy and I went to Decathlon near our home today. As most of the retail stores I went to, they didn’t provide any bag after shopping. They do offer a big bag as a “product”, costing 5 RMB. Wendy and I checked what we have: several clothes, two box of Ping Pong ball, and a big volleyball, and decided that we don’t need a bag. It was not as easy job as to bring it back to our car with a bag, but we finally made it.
The other gentleman after us bought a pair of running shoes, and he grasped the running shoes in hand and went away.
In many times, we rely on bags, and consume all kinds of one-time goods. We take it for granted, but now, it looks so clear to me that reducing plastic bags is exactly the right thing to do. I admit I still didn’t form the new habit to bring a bag or two with me when we go shopping yet. That is the reason I had to buy big bags from Carrefour, Tesco, and other stores, but the bags are very good, and endurable so we can use them again and again in the future.
Actually, without the plastic bags, and carrying the smooth clothes in hand, I felt much better.
Today, the retail gas price increased a lot in Shanghai.
Here is the price change:
#90 4.77 ==> 5.57
#93 5.19 ==> 6.05
#97 5.51 ==> 6.42
Yesterday, I heard many cars lined up to get their tank filled with the last tank of cheaper (already expensive) gas. When I heard about the news at the end of the day, I looked at my gas meter – almost empty.
The raise of gas price is a good thing, maybe. For some days (I don’t think it will last too long when people get used to it) at least, people may think twice when they use their car (including me). I still remember the time when I just need to pay less than 150 RMB to get my whole tank filled with #93 gas, and the last time, even 200 RMB cannot fill it, and how about the next time? 240 RMB?
BTW, why every time, I happen to talk about gas, and plastic bags together, like last time?